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Would £40 million Sneijder Be Worth It?

The latest reports surrounding Manchester United’s long term target Wesley Sneijder is that the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will get his man as long as the Glazer family, the owners of Manchester United are willing to fund a big money move. Accor…

The latest reports surrounding Manchester United’s long term target Wesley Sneijder is that the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will get his man as long as the Glazer family, the owners of Manchester United are willing to fund a big money move. According to an United insider, “Sir Alex wants the player”, and will need to convince the unpopular American owners that the investment would be worth their while.

With the figures being quoted, it would take some convincing, as Sneijder, who only recently signed a long term contract with Inter Milan, is valued at £40 million by Inter Milan, and is on wages of £170,000 a week at the San Siro. Due to Britain’s high tax rates, United would have to exceed those wages by some way to match his current net wage payment, taking him above Wayne Rooney’s wages of £200,000 a week.

The Manchester United insider said: ‘It’s up to the owners now. Sir Alex wants the player — it’s just a matter of agreeing to the wage demands.”

Sir Alex Ferguson sees Wesley Sneijder as a Paul Scholes replacement, and there is no doubt the 26 year-old has the quality to add to the United midfield, but the question is, would the huge investment be worth it? Wayne Rooney seems to have discovered his best position just behind the striker who is Javier Hernandez more often than not, so where would Rooney play if Sneijder were to come in and take that position?

Nevertheless, Sneijder would be an excellent addition to the side, with his versatility and ability to work with both feet. His creativity would be welcome in the midfield, and I’m sure that as Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to buy him, then he has a position in mind. The problem however, remains the money. It is a huge amount – an amount that Manchester City, United’s rivals would be able to afford with ease.

City seem intent on going for any player that United are reportedly interested in, but this is one that City will not be able to get in on, as the player has made it clear in the past that the only club in England he would want to join would be United:

“The Premier League, in terms of top clubs, is the strongest in the world, and it would be nice to finish my career saying I have played at the very top in Spain, Italy, and England. There is not many who can say they have done that, and if that does happen for me I would only want it to be with Manchester United.”

With other reports stating that Sir Alex Ferguson will be given a huge £100 million transfer fund in the summer, the whole issue of the Glazers needing convincing is out of the window. A £40 million fee and then the £200,000 wage every week is a big price to pay, so the question is, is Sneijder worth it?

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



  1. Cuzzy

    May 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Sneijder is worth every penny and more. He is the only man capable of replacing Scholesy. He is a brilliant passer, has good pace, really creative, has a good shot and will provide United with something we have not had since the departure of Ronaldo – a dead ball specialist. Lets hope we do not miss out on him.

  2. ghanashyam

    May 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    it would be great to have sneijder in manchester united so that man utd never loss the utd also need a striker in place of bearbatov

  3. Saad

    May 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I agree that the total cost of getting Sneijder is somewhat high but if we get him this summer it will be worth it. He could give United at least 5 good years at the top.

  4. Danny Salford Red

    May 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    If he wants to come that much what makes you think he will demand over £200,000 a week? I think he will come and I also think he would take a pay cut.

  5. tommie

    May 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Wesley is worth the pain, United’s midfield problems will be alleviated if Sir Alex can land him and also a prolific striker. It now depends on the Americans.

  6. Amara uchenna(UC DE BLADE)

    May 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Surely sneidjer worths the cost,and believe me if united get him along with a striker,goalkeeper and a good defender they will win epl for 4 consecutive years.

  7. Damilare

    May 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    buying wasley sneijder is nt a waist for utd .let glazer invest for next season otherwise,we may have problem. @ i don’t pray for that.even, one more striker and defender.

  8. Mike

    May 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    That statement which is on this article was never said by Sneijder. Sneijder’s exact words were ‘Manchester United is a beautiful club yet I’m currently very happy in Milan with Inter.’ This is simply a case of the media blowing this out of proportion simply because the player called the club beautiful. And if you believe that the club would be willing to pay him more than Shrek / Rooney, expect yet another rant from him next season.

  9. Dave

    May 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Sneijder would be a perfect addition,he would replace scholes but also the creative role giggs now has in the you seen against chelsea,giggs behind rooney in midfield providing the creativity,this is where sneijder will fit in my opinion,if he comes that is

  10. mikey united

    May 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Pay the money and bye him we need players city don’t

  11. rory uniteg

    May 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    he will only go if bearbatov go’s the other way, man utd won’t paid that much and we should get enough for berba(top scorer and all!!) young lads up front,the academy has knock out some player(jos king,ravel morrison,welbeck and macheda coming back its the goal keeper i worry about……….

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